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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Miss Naomi Solomon <>
Reply-To: Miss Naomi Solomon <>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:21:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Letter From Hospital

My Beloved One,

This is Ms Naomi Solomon from
Cyprus writing from the
hospital in Ivory Coast,
therefore this mail is very urgent to attend please. I am dying here in this
hospital which i don't know what tomorrow will be. I was informed by my doctor
that i got poisoned which got my liver damaged and can only live for some days.
Please, the reason why i
contacted you today is because i know that my step mother wants to kill me and
take my inheritance from my late Father. I have a little orphan child named
Andrew Solomon and $3.5 million Dollars i inherited from my late father. My
step mother and her children they are after Andrew because they found out that
Andrew as aware of the poison and also because i handed the documents of the
money over to him the day she poisoned my food, for that they do not want
Andrew to expose them, so they are doing everything possible to kill him. My
beloved, please i want you to help him out of this country with the money
because he is the only one taking care of me here in this hospital right now
and even this email you are reading now.
I want you to get back to me
so that he will give you the documents of the money and will direct you to a
well known lawyer that i have appointed, the lawyer will assist you to change
the documents of the money to your name to enable the bank transfer the money
to you..
This is the favour i need
when you have gotten the money :
(1) Give 20% of the money to
Andrew as he has been there for me as my lovely Son and i have promised to
support him in life to become a medical Doctor as he always desire in life. I
want you to take him along with you to your country and establish him as your
(2) Give 30% of the money to
handicap people and charity organization. The remaining 50% should be yours and
others that you would love to assist.
Note; This should be a code
between you and my son Andrew in this transaction "Hospital" any mail
from him, the Lawyer he will direct you to, without this code
"Hospital" is not from the Andrew, the Lawyer or myself as i don't
know what will happen to me in the next few hours.
Finally, Andrew will send to
you his International passport to be sure of whom you are dealing with. Andrew
is so little therefore guide him. And if i don't hear from you i will look for
another person or any organization.
May Almighty God bless you
and use you to accomplish my wish. Pray for me always.
Ms Naomi Solomon

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